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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

TSTR Challenge #148 - Elegance

Hello and good morning!
Today's card was made for the lovely challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room whose theme this week is "Elegance."  I'll say.  Check this photo out.  It's a cake, and it makes me hungry to look at it.  There are only two colors, but what a beautiful, elegant effect.  We were to use the colors plus ribbon/bow and a flower.  


And here's my card.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this card.  The roses are so "wedding cake-y" and look almost good enough to eat.  The three panels are from the K & Co. Watercolor Bouquet stack, and while this paper already had mottled colors and water droplet effects, I stamped it with SU En Francais and Medallion stamps as well before cutting the panels.  This gave a very subtle bit of extra depth to the paper. 

You can see the additional stamping a bit better here and in the other closeup pictures.  The roses are made with the SB Rose Creations die, then glittered with CI Resplendence Angel Dust which gives them a gorgeous sparkle.  The tiny flowers are SU Boho Blossoms.

I added teeny, tiny pearls to the light blue doily around the edge, and larger pearls to the insides of the Boho Blossoms flowers as well as to the baby booties.

 I stamped the image in Versafine Smokey Grey as black would have been too harsh, then colored it with the Copics that Santa brought me for Christmas.  I LOVE them, and this time I used the proper paper for them and couldn't believe the difference.  Flourishes Classic White Cardstock will be my go-to paper for coloring with Copics from now on.

I added one of my smaller custom-made stick pins to the bow.  

The sentiment was inked around the edges after being cut out with the cutest little Dienamics Mini Wavy Pennants die.

This picture shows the depth I gained by popping up both doilies on dimensionals.  You can also barely see the silver leaves next to the bottom rose.  They don't jump out and shout at you, but they add a nice finishing touch to the rose.  Here's another picture of the centerpiece.

I hope you've enjoyed another picture-heavy post.  Simpler cards need fewer pictures, but the all-out cards need to be 'splained, Lucy.  Thank you for taking the time to join me today.  Here's wishing you a lovely day!

Happy crafting!


Stamps: Hello Baby (Flourishes), En Francais, Medallion (SU)
Paper: K & Co. Watercolor Bouquet, Whisper White, Marina Mist (SU), Classic White, Color Made Easy True Blue (Flourishes)
Ink: Versafine Smokey Gray, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue
Extras:  Dienamics Mini Wavy Pennants, Decorative Doily, Dainty Doily and Circle Stax 1 and 2 dies, SB Rose Creations die, CI Resplendence Angel Dust, SU pearls, Boho Blossoms punch, ribbon, sponges (for inking edges of cs), Copics.

Challenges entered:

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #202 - "NEW" (New Copics!)
Alota Rubberstamps Challenge #98 - Newborn
The Shabby Tea Room Week #148 - Elegance
Incy Wincy Designs - Happy New Year and Something New
The Pink Elephant TPE181 - Celebrate (new baby!)
Tuesday Throwdown #129 - Shiny and New (new Copics)
Really Reasonable Ribbon #63 - My New Toys (& Ribbon) 
CCEE #1301 - Baby Card
Crafty Ribbons #36 - New Beginnings
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
3 Girl JAM #9 - Anything Goes + Ribbon
Drunken Stampers #112 - All That Glitters
A Gem of a Challenge #62 - New Beginnings

Friday Sketch Challenge #34 - by Marie


Laine said...

So pretty Shea, what fabulous work and detail.

Mum of 4 said...

Very pretty! Those flowers are so life-like and "wedding cake-y"! haha

Debbie said...

Oh my shabby goodness, what a precious baby card! So unexpected and beautiful! What a great job with your coloring! Thanks for sharing with us in the Tea Room :)

Cheryl said...

This is beautiful! You've definitely captured the essence of that elegant photo with those gorgeous flowers and dainty doily die cuts. I never think about using tiny die cut flowers like that, but it's so pretty! I'll be trying that real soon. :) I especially like how you stamped the dp. It's so subtle, it's barely noticeable, but I think that's because it's so perfect, it just "belongs" there. Oh, and your stick pin...FAB! ~Hugs, Cheryl

NanaConnie said...

Magnificent, Shea! It definitley meets the 'elegant' standard. So glad you could join in our "Shiny and New" challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week. Hope we see you again soon.
NanaConnie DT

Cheri said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I love the shimmer and shine. Thanks so much for joining us on the 3 Girl JAM "Anything Goes" challenge.

Cheri - 3GJ DT

Carole said...

Super new baby card & a great take on the sketch. Thanks for joining us the week @ FSC.
Happy crafting

Donna said...

Lovely card Shea!
Thanks for playing along with the "All That Glitters" challenge at Drunken Stampers!

3 Girl JAM said...

Oh my word! These are simply gorgeous! Your talent amazes me!! Thanks for linking up.


Anonymous said...

WOW!! So sweet and elegant here!! LOVE the gorgeous take on the sketch and the beautiful representation of the photo!! :) Thanks for playing along with us at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenges! Hope you will join us again next week and good luck! Smiles and Hugs - *Vicki* ~ DT member

Tessa en Anke said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at crafty ribbons

Amanda said...

Oh my Good Gosh!! What a Lovely, Sophisticated and Elegant card!! I love the soft color and the way you designed the flowers around the diecut! And everything looks so beautiful and perfect!

Thank you for playing along with us in Flourishes Timeless Tuesday!!
~ Amanda :)

Laura said...

Pretty card.
Thanks for playing at crafty ribbons

Rebekah said...

An adorable card Thanks for entering our DT call at Divas and good luck hugs Rebekah xx

Cat Craig said...

So adorable,wonderful challenge card.

Mandy said...

Another beautiful card and once again Thank you for sharing with us at A Gem of a Challenge and for entering the DT call,good luck...
Mandy x

Bonnie said...

Great card! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

Debs said...

Gorgeous card Shea, lovely image, great take on this weeks sketch.
Thanks for joining us at Friday Sketch Challenge this week.
Hugs Debs

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Another beautiful job Shea.

Lisa D.

cebelica said...

Gorgeous card! I love the flowers. Thanks for playing with us at crafty ribbons! Hugs! xx

Tracey Anne said...

what a beautiful, elegant card Shea, you are so talented.. soft and gentle blues just right for a baby card. love it xx